This is a short policy forum piece from Science worth reading to see the arguments fabricated by the Trump administration to overturn the 2015 Waters of the United States rule. This is the rule that addresses the reach of the Clean Water Act. How far does it extend into wetlands, if at all. The contorted, inconsistent and indefensible logic in the position of the new EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers is laid bare.
Bottom line: Hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits were discarded in a re-do of the regulatory impact analyses
We find no defensible or consistent basis for the decision to exclude what amounts to the largest category of benefits from the 2017 assessment. Science. 11 October 2017